15 May 2018 - 0:02
Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre celebrates 10 years of R&D
DOHA: Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC) celebrated 10 years of collaboration on research and development (R&D) with industry and academia, advancing research and development, and deploying innovative solutions in support of the nation’s key priorities.
QSRTC was inaugurated as an anchor tenant of Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) in 2008 with a $100m funding commitment to shape the future of research and development in Qatar to focus on delivering sustainable impact in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Over the past decade, QSRTC and its collaborators have developed and implemented numerous products and processes that match the needs of Qatar, Qatar Shell and the natural environment. QSRTC’s activities are focused on three main areas: research and development, technical services, and outreach activities.
QSRTC’s five-year strategy is designed to pursue a research and development strategy focusing on supporting Pearl GTL, the world’s largest gas to liquid plant, to lower its environmental footprint and contribute to Qatar’s Grand Challenges. These include projects on carbon dioxide utilisation, corrosion management, waste and byproduct management, and water solutions. These efforts will not only optimize Pearl GTL, but will also support technology for use in future gas plants—all of which add value to Qatar.
“As the largest international investor in Qatar, it has been important from the beginning that we make a lasting contribution to the growth and sustainability of Qatar’s economy and society. That was true when we launched in 2008, and it is even more true now, as Qatar seeks increased self-sufficiency,” said Youssif Saleh, Vice President of QSRTC.
“For 10 years we have had the privilege of working with numerous collaborators in Qatar and abroad, and the outcomes have made measurable positive impacts not only on Qatar’s economy, but on its environment and people as well,” he added.
QSRTC’s partners include Qatari and international collaborators such as the Ministry of Municipality and Environment,Qatar University, Texas A&M University in Qatar, Imperial College London, as well as numerous non-governmental institutions and companies. Through these efforts, as well as its current workforce made up of 35 percent Qatari nationals, QSRTC is supporting the human capital pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030 as well.
QSRTC was the first entity in QSTP to file a patent, and has filed five patents and had over 100 journal publications to date.
“The last decade has been an exciting and fruitful time at QSRTC. We anticipate the future to bring even greater growth in the research, development and innovation ecosystem in Qatar, and we are excited to be part of it,” said Saleh.